Better Luck Next Time

Cori’s Pick:  Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson Back in 2017 I reviewed Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut that was published in 2016, and it was one of my very favorite books that year.  And as all book lovers do, I have waited not-so-patiently for her next novel, and the…

Fifty Words for Rain

Cori’s Pick: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie In Asha Lemmie’s emotional and twisty debut, Nori Kamiza is a half-Black girl born illegitimately into a noble Japanese family in 1940.  The saga begins with Nori’s mother dropping her at the steps of her grandparents’ Kyoto estate.  From there, we learn that Nori’s dark skin…

Writing My Wrongs

Cori’s Pick: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor In a recent internet rabbit hole moment, I ended up on the MIT Idea Lab site in their Director’s Fellows listing. (I truly don’t remember where this internet endeavor started, where it was going, OR how many clicks I must have made to end up there, hundreds?)…

Sitting Pretty

Cori’s Pick: Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig Perception is an interesting thing.  A coworker once told me, ‘…their perception is their reality.’  It’s amazing how long this simple insight has stuck with me.  Although we are all here on Earth living our lives together, we simultaneously live in our own realities, which differ greatly; and…

Love and Other Words

Cori’s Pick: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren Back in early August I reviewed Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners.  It was the perfect beach read with lots of much needed laughs.  So naturally, I picked up a few of her other titles including this one and fell in love with Christina Lauren all over again! …

One of Us Is Lying

Cori’s Pick: One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus I came across this title as it was being compared to The Breakfast Club movie of 1985.  I’m a product of the ’80s so, SOLD!  (also, I just noticed that The Breakfast Club is rated R….it’s been a minute since I last watched it but…

Dominicana

Cori’s Pick: Dominicana by Angie Cruz Dominicana is the third novel by Angie Cruz and was shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.  By the end, you’ll easily see how this beautiful but heartbreaking work has earned the prestigious award. Set in 1960s Dominican Republic, Ana Canción’s fierce mother has a plan to get…

The Unhoneymooners

Cori’s Pick:  The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren I’m at a weird point in the year where I just keep telling myself everything is fine.  We’re all okay.  It’s fine.  I must not be totally convinced though because I’ve read about 5 cheesy romance books back-to-back, which is not ‘normal’ for me but hey, right on…

The Vanishing Half

Cori’s Pick: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett This second novel by Brit Bennett (The Mothers was her debut) focuses on twin sisters, Desiree and Stella Vignes.  They were raised in the fictional small town of Mallard, Louisiana that became an exclusive place for light-skinned blacks, thanks to their great-great-great grandfather.  The small town’s prejudices…

The Guest List

  Cori’s Pick: The Guest List by Lucy Foley Full disclosure: I totally picked this one up based on the reviews, comparing it to the work of the mystery and suspense queen herself, Agatha Christie.  And I’ll tell you what, it did not disappoint! For some reason with the thriller and suspense novels I read,…